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In a council meeting that lasted nearly six hours, approximately 40 people waited in line to testify one by one in separate rooms in Hilo and Kona set-up due to COVID. Determined to have their voices heard, testifiers persevered as there is no option to testify online from home in Hawaii County, despite the recent COVID closure of three separate testimony locations. Written testimony in support of Resolution 678-20 was overwhelming. According to the County Clerk’s Office, 650 written testimonies were submitted, almost all of which were in support of the resolution.